HAVING SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT SECONDHAND CLOTHING

往後捐二手衣前,請再三思!

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出版時間:2019/01/21
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In 2015, some of the states of the EAC, including Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, and others, announced they were going to reject secondhand clothing donations from the US. They said that although these clothes can help people immediately, they hurt them in the long run. According to the EAC, secondhand clothing donations damage local clothing industries that provide valuable jobs. In short, a donated shirt can keep someone warm today, but a job making shirts could help that person for a lifetime.

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2015 年,EAC(東非共同體,以下簡稱 EAC)裡的一些國家,包括烏干達、坦尚尼亞及肯亞等國,宣布他們將拒絕來自美國的二手衣捐贈。他們說這些衣物雖然可以立即幫助人們,但就長遠來看,此舉卻會傷害他們。據 EAC 稱,二手衣的捐贈衝擊了當地服飾業所提供的寶貴工作機會。簡言之,一件捐贈的襯衫雖然可以讓人今日保持暖和,一份製作襯衫的工作卻可以幫助這個人一輩子。

生活必備字詞

◎reject vt. 拒絕(接受╱接納╱通過)
My teacher rejected all of my excuses for being absent.
◎donation n. 捐贈╱助╱獻(物)
◎in the long / short run 從長遠╱短期來看
In the long run, it is worth buying high-quality goods even if they are more expensive.

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